Music can be a great equalizer. And by that I mean, with very few exceptions, accents are rendered obsolete when you open your mouth to sing. In fact, there have been many cases where the only time you could actually understand a thick-accented artist was when they were singing! And let’s face it, The Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan has one extremely thick Irish accent!
Not that I am complaining. Even if I can’t understand her, I could still happily listen to her all day. A good brogue is already rather musical by nature, and the woman is actually from a town called LIMERICK, for crying out loud! Being a rock star was kind of inevitable. That, and her very distinct singing style, which catapulted the alt rock band to superstar status in the ‘90s.
You just weren’t cool if you didn’t listen to The Cranberries. I wasn’t cool either way, but still, there was really nothing like them at that time. Their dark, edgy sound mixed with O’Riordan’s lilting vocals and the serious subject matter of their songs made them catnip to ‘90s artsy emo types. They released 4 albums in the ‘90s and an additional 3 in the ensuing years, their most being Something Else, which came out this past Friday (April 28) and features acoustic and orchestral versions of many of their old hits plus three new tracks. O’Riordan continues to be a beacon for fierce rocker chicks everywhere.
So, let’s kick it old school with some classic hits from this truly unique and groundbreaking band!